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Return or Enter preferred American English term for the [enter/return] key in the keyboard

Problem A colleage is designing an application and wanted to decide what to write in the return/enter key. Research In the Macbook keyboard both terms are present (return and enter). Question ...
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Is the term “step-action table” jargon?

I'm an engineer. My doc team has been using step-action tables to create user-facing documentation for some software that I've built recently. I think these tables are awesome, but I keep seeing ...
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'finding' or 'discovery'

I am writing a scientific paper on physics. I hesitate to write that my observations and their interpretation is a 'discovery', so I am considering using the word 'finding' instead. Is this the ...
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What are these containers called?

The german term is Absetzmulde (Image search). They look like this: Image source: Sirch GmbH There are varios different styles of bulk goods containers that can be easily loaded on/off a truck, but ...
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Difference between “rule” and “law” in scientific context

In general, according to an article in DifferenceBetween.net The main difference between rules and laws is the consequences associated with breaking them. While each is developed to invoke a ...
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Synonym for “get affected by” in academic form?

I am writing a paper and I have some measurements and factors which change according to the change of some others. I have already used several times "A affects B". Therefore, I need to use a different ...
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Is it true that people are unfamiliar with abbreviations like “i.e.” and “e.g.” and therefore it is best to avoid using them? [closed]

Is it true that people are generally unfamiliar with abbreviations like "i.e." and "e.g." and therefore it is best to avoid using them in technical writing? Avoid abbreviations such as “i.e.” and ...
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How to describe all things we can do with an object? [closed]

I want to describe a set of functions (which belongs to a programming language) but i'm not really sure if my sentence is correct. This set of functions allows us to perform many mathematical ...
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Quoting a password at the end of a sentence: Where to put the point?

Recent Slashdot article: They feature Wi-Fi that can't be turned off (protected, however, with a WEP password of "abcde"), an unencrypted database, and administrative access with a hardcoded ...
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Introducing an alias in technical literature

In technical literature (namely, a requirements document), what is an appropriate way of introducing an alias which is used from there on; instead of the full, completely-defined term? I'm looking ...
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A word that means to both encrypt and decrypt [duplicate]

I am currently writing a small class in C# which will take an image, decompile it down to a byte array, obfuscate the data into a proprietary format (thus making it unreadable), and store said data ...
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Way to indicate the number of something

When I want to express the count of something, can I say "xxx number" instead of "the number of xxx"?  For example: "Location number" to mean the number of locations. "Apple number" to mean ...
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Are these expressions to call of a particular kind of deviation right?

I am translating a material on visual sensors and having a hard time figuring out what to call of this. The situation is that when the sensor senses a circle mark, the sensor sometimes does not ...
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Using the word “whether” instead of “which”

Can I use the word "whether" instead of "which" as in the following sentence? "How to Decide Whether to Use Product A or Product B" (this is a heading) I would usually write it as "How to Decide ...
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Can “probability” be used interchangeably with “rate”?

In a document about a barcode reader, I came across an expression "scanning probability" to indicate the percentage of successful reading of barcodes by the barcode reader in question. I would use ...
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Irradiate, illuminate and shine to mean “throw light”

All the three words are used to mean "throw light" in a document explaining principles of a barcode reader which I am checking. They are all used in sentences to explain "Throw LED to barcode". I ...
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Can I use the word “compensate” to mean “adjust to correct” something?

I am wondering if I can use the word "compensate" to mean "adjust to correct" something in a document for a programming/mechanic related subject? E.g. Can "position compensation of target objects" ...
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Term for “preview entries” that web sites show on index pages?

Blogs and websites typically provide an index page of entries where they show an excerpt of the post. Excerpts usually include title, author, post date, and a blurb. What is the term for these sorts ...
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Is “shall” an appropriate word for a scientific thesis? [closed]

May I use the word shall in my scientific thesis? As in The relevant ones shall be introduced in the following. Or is shall considered slang or outdated?
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Can I say “a folder lies in” when talking about computer folders (directories)?

I guess is located in is nicer, but is it correct English?
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What can replace “consists of”?

For reasons I cannot explain, I hate the phrase consists of. Does anyone have an alternative? An example is: Testing consists of continual operation, alternating between random writes and random ...
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My English translator capitalizes every noun. Is it correct? [closed]

I'm developing an Android/iPhone application. My translator for English localization uses a lot of capitalization. For example, in the app menu, it suggests: |Export Data to Folder| |Prevent Screen ...
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Use of personal pronouns in technical writing and possible alternatives

I'm currently in the process of revising my graduate thesis in Computer Science. One section of the thesis specifically addresses design decisions I made and changes I made based on test results. In ...
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Technical terms for user-website interaction

I am making a context diagram of a website and I noticed that the words I used for a user and the website's interaction are not consistent or cohesive. I have been using the pairs of words below to ...
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Is the verb “dose” used correctly in “an agent can be dosed into the tanks”?

Is this correct: For process stabilization an anti-foaming agent can be dosed into the tanks. I use "dose" because I want to emphasize that the amount of stuff put into the tank is carefully ...
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Should “improve at the following fronts” be followed by problems or solutions? [closed]

I am writing a technology report. It starts with an analysis of the current problems in the system. As a summary I have a paragraph to list all the problems in bullets. I use this sentence to start ...
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Can I use “linkography” instead of “bibliography” when referring to web links?

I’m writing a piece of documentation and I want to add the links I'm referring to at the bottom of my document. Since they are links and not books, I think the section title should not use the word ...